Ganpati Bappa Moriya

I distinctly remember the year. It was 2001 and we were only a couple of months old in Mumbai trying to come to terms with life in the city that was known the world over for the speed at which it moved. 7.45 morning bus to Andheri station to catch 8.15 am local so as to reach Churchgate by 9 am and my office at Cuffe Parade by 9.30 am. Ditto routine on the way back.

And then it was time for Ganesh Chaturthi. Our neighbour suggested that we should go to Juhu beach to see immersion of 1 and a half day idols. It was an exhilarating experience, something never seen before! Hordes of people chanting “Ganpati Bappa Moriya “ totally saturated in the love of their favourite elephant God who, after being their guest for 1.5 days, was going back to his mother’s lap but in the process taking all the woes of his devotees and blessing them with yearlong happiness!

I and my wife were totally flabbergasted with this experience and decided from the following year we would also bring home Lord Ganesha as our guest, celebrate his stay at our place and then immerse him in the sea.

And indeed we fulfilled our dream, a tradition that we have been consistently observing non stop for last 18 years or so. Bringing the lord home, preparing special food ( Prasadam), inviting our friends and neighbours for darshan and Prasad and seeing him off next day is a celebration that we eagerly wait for each year.

This year, however, my wife is nursing her brother, a terminal stage cancer patient living his last days and is not in Mumbai. However, she doesn’t want this tradition to break and I will be doing all the aforesaid celebratory rituals albeit on a smaller scale ( actually all by myself, sharing Prasad with security and other helping staff of our building)!

Life’s realities are unpredictable. We are thankful that we got an opportunity to celebrate this traditional festival for so many years non-stop, shall be doing so this year albeit mutedly.

While personal problems and grievances are part of one’s life, let’s collectively pray to Bappa to take this coronavirus with him so that the entire mankind can relive this beautiful world full of lord’s largesse blessings. We may not be able to meet Lalbagcha Raja, who is giving his audience a miss after 84 years or go pandal hopping or celebrate the festival with traditional gaiety and fervour with our friends and relatives like always, hopefully this Ganesh festival will end our woes and the next year’s festival will be back with all its traditional glory!

Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

34 thoughts on “Ganpati Bappa Moriya

  1. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha be Happy On Your Family and Ma’m brother. Wish them all blessings of Ganpati Bappa, specially when it is difficult times and Tradition is continued, plus pray is for getting rid of Corona.

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  2. Sir,Ganapati shall take away the cancer too.Yes, do I chant everyday for the Covid to go away and when we all pray for the same,Bappa Moriya shall certainly take the Covid along.

    Thanks for sharing .

    Ganapati Bappa Moriya.

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  3. May Lord Ganesha bless you all with all the happiness of the world and improve your culinary skill to make new dishes every year to keep Him smiling and happy.
    Maliks

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  4. GANAPATI BABA MAURYA … the public festival was started by Lokmanya Tilak terming it as the “God for Everybody”. And what better way can there be to seek the blessings of Parvati’s favourite son, the remover of obstacles as well as being the God of Wisdom and Intelligence.He is the unique God worshipped throughout India as THE Supreme One who leads ALL festivals celebrated by all who follow the Hindu way of life.
    Thanks for your lovely blog hailing the Elephant headed God to remove all obstacles and bless us with wisdom and intelligence.
    GANAPATI BABA MAURYA is the chorus of the season !!!!

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  5. Om Gam Ganpataye Namah…the lord goes back to our hearts, where he truly belongs…may our foundations be stronger, for HE is the ruler of our root. May we be free from our fears, and our woes. Happy Ganesh chaturthi to you and your family Bhaiya ❤️🕉️

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  6. Ganapati festival is indeed an amazingly beautiful experience in Mumbai. I have always celebrated the puja right from my childhood, but here the concept of Bappa makes all the difference for any outsider & your feelings resonates with me. The blessings of Bappa be with you & family. He will protect against all vighna.

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  7. Sir namaskar happy lord Ganesh Chaturthi, I pray to almighty for well being of dear brother-in-law.As far as celebration of festival is concerned by the passage of time it used to convert as sacrament and due to reason you are celebrating the festival in the adverse circumstances.God bless to you and whole on this great festival.🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  8. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 May lord Ganesh – “true Vighnaharta”, bless us by removing obstacles in our journey to discover inner peace within ourselves.

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  9. Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi, Sir. May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on you, your family and all of us. Ganpati Bappa Moriya.

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  10. Sir, It’s always pleasure to read your blogs wherein most of us find ourself in some or other way.
    May Lord Ganesha destroy all your worries, sorrows and tensions and fill your life with love and happiness.
    May the blessings of Shree Ganesha be with you and your family forever!
    *🌸Happy Ganesh Chaturthi🌸*

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  11. Sir, simplicity of your thoughts makes your blogs so powerful and spread flavour of liveliness across.. May Lord Ganesha bless all and take away all our Vighnas.
    Happy Vinayak Chaturthi! 🙏🙏

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